Welcome to my second foray into the world of Six on Saturday – I missed last week and was close to not getting any time again this week. For me I suspect entries will be a little on-off through the season as time passes.
Another busy week has almost drawn to a close and like some of us I have already spent some time this Saturday out in the the garden. More work on the raised beds – which I can now say the 12 primary beds are now all dug over and waiting for the season to begin in earnest – much like I am. Another busy day planned for Sunday including getting a few seeds started – just Leeks and Broad beans, I have resisted any further sowing as yet – I do not have great access to areas with both warmth and light so have suffered with leggy plants in the past.
Onwards now onto my six entries!
A couple of small, barely noticeable signs of the changing seasons as we move from Winter towards Spring. The buds from my small weeping willow that is in the chicken run to provide my girls with a bit of shade. The other small and innocuous looking one is from my Akebia Quinata growing up my pergola – hoping this will put on a slighter better show this year.
A couple of nice little heathers close to my attempt at a rock garden – these seem to be quite happy in their little spot. I have moved them in the past and they have recovered well and put on a nice little pop of colour at a time when that can be lacking from many places.
At last – I have a little success with snow drops. I have tried bulbs in the past to no effect – from what I have read, this seems to be common enough. Now a few are dotted around the top of my garden that were planted from bulbs ‘in the green’ which generally seems to be a more successful way. Fortunately for me this has proven the case and with luck over a few years this meager few will spread to form some nice little clumps.
The rise of the Daffodils has started, another sign we are heading towards longer days and hopefully a little more warmth. There are quite a few little clumps of these dotted about in what I call my mini orchard, of a few varieties. The garden wouldn’t be complete without some good old Daffs and to get these in the garden I went for naturalising them in the grass rather than putting them in the flower beds (although there are a few there). This adds a bit of colour and interest up among the trees before they start to come into leaf and flower.
I had not even finished the raised beds when I found signs of an imposter in the garden first thing this morning. This in the form of both a beautiful creature and at times an arch enemy – the Muntjac deer. I love seeing these little deer about, and having them in my garden in many ways is great. There is however a very large BUT – they will eat all sorts, many of my shrubs show sign of damage as well as any root crops left in and when in leaf the fruit trees have come under attack. It is a bit of give and take I suppose, the joy of seeing these so close, but the pain of them taking food I would rather was left alone.
In creating the raised beds I got 4 tonnes of manure – only about half of which I have used. The rest will sit in the compost area to rot down further for next autumn. This has had a bit of a boost for space adding two more bays that have been created using just soil. This is excess from the footings of my recent extension so being put to a use of sorts for the time being. I must make sure I give them heaps a turn or two as the months pass to help it all rot down nicely ready for use as mulch.
That’s it for this weeks six – a bit of a mixed bag from lively flowers to manure. Hoping to get some good garden time in tomorrow and next week I will be going to the East Anglian potato day looking for this years spuds! I know Charlotte is on the list, the other 2-3 varieties remain a mystery for now. No doubt I will make mention of these soon enough as they complete my growing list of veg for 2018.
Have a good weekend folks and don’t forget to check out the Propagators blog ( https://goo.gl/uFxBLZ ) for other Six on Saturday entries!